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V.22 No.37 |

news

The Daily Word in New Mexico jobs, Costa Concordia and record-breaking rain

The Daily Word

A shooting at Washington Navy Yard broke out this morning, with police reporting that one of three possible shooters was “down,” though reports aren't clear on exactly what that means. Reports also state that at least seven people have been killed, and eight have been injured. This is still a breaking story, so check news sources for more information.

Engineers are attempting to raise the Costa Concordia cruise ship that capsized off the island of Giglio in Italy. The ship, which capsized in January of 2012, killing 32 people, is being watched closely by environmentalists who fear that a toxic spill from the ship could pollute the waters.

Search-and-rescue teams in Colorado are grounded due to heavy clouds in the sky, and more than 1,000 people are still unaccounted for after massive floods in Larimer County and surrounding areas.

New Mexico's health care system is in turmoil as an investigation looks into allegations that 15 of its largest mental health providers defrauded Medicaid of $36 million over the course of three years.

In today's city council meeting, a proposal will be introduced that will make it illegal for Albuquerque's employers to refuse paying the new minimum wage, unless they want to face criminal charges.

The number one issue in New Mexico is jobs.”

Albuquerque's rainfall over the weekend broke a record, y'all.

I think someone in Northampton took Stephen King's IT a little too seriously.

V.21 No.31 |

News

The Daily Word in floods, Blackwater and fire

The Daily Word

Yesterday evening's meteorological drama.

Attacks by militants prompt Egyptian military air strikes on the Sinai peninsula.

Mass displacement in Manila as torrential rains flood the city.

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not watching you.

Academi LLC (a.k.a. Xe, a.k.a. Blackwater) says it will "continue to lead by example." The company agreed to a $7.5 million settlement of charges related to 17 criminal violations, including arms smuggling.

Colorado ranchers are freaked out after animal mutilations.

New image of home, sweet home.

Compelling case study on the impact of Medicaid expansion. The guv remains tight-lipped on the issue. Rio Grande Foundation head does not.

"Failing" schools will still get some cash.

Burning refinery chokes out California. Chevron says they'll make it all better.

Painted Russian rag doll synchronized swimmers win gold (and give me creepy dreams).

Winston Churchill, proto-tween.

Pilgrims in Mexico City.

V.21 No.27 | 7/5/2012
Jenna Montoya (right) and her mother June scan headlines. Jenna Montoya will likely lose some of her health support benefits under the redesigned state program for people with developmental disabilities. Some of her friends will see more severe cuts. “I feel bad for them,” she says. “They’re not going to receive very much help.”
Margaret Wright

News Feature

Waning Waiver

Major changes loom for the developmentally disabled

Even after Jenna Montoya was placed in one of the state's most high-needs categories, her mom says she’s concerned that alterations in the waiver program on Oct. 1 will mean big cuts to the therapy her daughter receives.

News Bite

Tribal Leaders Call Out the State

Navajo Nation Vice President Rex Lee Jim says his government had limited opportunity to weigh in on the massive Medicaid overhaul. He was one of several tribal leaders who spoke at a state hearing.
V.21 No.25 | 6/21/2012
Julia Minamata juliaminamata.com

News Feature

Granted in Vain

State turns down cash for the elderly and disabled

Nursing homes can mean the loss of familiar comforts, routines, social connections and independence. So why was a plan to help increase the number of people moving into independent living situations axed by the state without warning?
V.21 No.12 | 3/22/2012
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

health

New patients 101

This week’s feature examines First Choice Healthcare, celebrating its 40th year of helping underserved areas throughout the state stay in tip-top shape. But while First Choice is accepting new patients, Michelle Melendez says that appointments and routine visits are difficult to schedule right away. Most folks wait several weeks. Here’s a checklist of things to do during that time to ensure your visit runs smoothly.

• If you have insurance, check with them to see if First Choice is in your network. Double-check your policy’s co-pay and deductible. Call and ask how much it’ll cost you if you need lab work or X-rays. That way you have an idea of how much you’ll be paying out of pocket.

• If you don’t have insurance, gather any documents you might need for financial assistance. This might include tax returns, W2 and 1099 forms, pay stubs, bank statements, proof of residence (utility bills), identification documents (social security card, birth certificates, etc.), picture ID (driver’s license), daycare documents, and documents from any other financial assistance or insurance programs you’re enrolled in. Make a file for you, your spouse and your kids.

• Gather a family medical history. Your provider wants to know about the health status of first-degree relatives (parents, siblings and children) as well as any conditions that affect multiple extended family members (for example, if you have three cousins and an aunt affected by lupus).

• Gather your own health history. This includes past diagnoses, current diagnoses, previous surgeries or injuries, immunization status, current medications (including herbs and supplements), and allergy history.

• Be prepared to discuss some personal social issues. Your provider may want to know who you sleep with, if you smoke or drink or use drugs, if you exercise, what your diet is like, where you work, how things are going at home, and if you feel safe and happy. These questions can be uncomfortable but they are not meant to judge. They’re to help your provider select the labs, treatments or referrals you need.

• If a particular symptom is bothering you, keep a diary of that symptom until your appointment. For example, if you have bothersome headaches, write down when they happen, how bad they are, if you have other symptoms, how long they last, what you do to make them go away and what you were doing prior to the headache.

• Make a list of your medications (name of drug, dose, how often you take it), or just toss all your medication bottles in a brown paper bag and bring them with you to your appointment.

• Make a list of every single question or issue you’d like to address during the visit. Now number the first, second and third most important things to you on that list. You need to know your priorities going into that visit. Given time constraints, lesser priorities may have to be addressed at follow-up visits.

• Plan on wearing loose-fitting clothing that’s easily removed. I can’t tell you how many tripled-layer wool turtlenecks, high-waisted skintight pleather pants, and knee-high lace up boots I’ve wasted valuable time wrestling with during the physical exam.

• You may need to authorize your previous health care providers to release your medical records.

• If you have copies of any previous lab or test results, heck, bring ’em with you.

• Try to arrive about 15 minutes early for your visit. I always bring a girlie magazine to flip through or a novel to read in case the clinic is running behind.

•  Answering calls or texting during your visit will slow things down. Let your peeps know you’ve got an important meeting beforehand so they don’t start blowing up your cell phone once you’re in the room with the doctor.

Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Feature

A Picture of Health

At 40 years young, First Choice’s network of community clinics is in tip-top shape

Most 40-year-olds are done growing. But First Choice Community Healthcare—a network of nine clinics across three counties in underserved areas—is more like a gangly teenager at the peak of his growth spurt. “We’ve outgrown our space,” says Patient Services Director Michelle Melendez.
V.20 No.34 | 8/25/2011

Ortiz y Pino

Medicaid Needs Overhaul, Not Amputation

When the public was given its opportunity to comment at a Medicaid redesign hearing in Albuquerque, many responded with fear and anger. “Why are you messing with this program that my family depends on so desperately?” was the message from more than 200 people who attended.
V.20 No.7 | 2/17/2011

Miss Diagnosis

Get Your Hands off My Health Care Reform

Health reform opponents say the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional and expensive. Miss Diagnosis says they're wrong.

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